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Hoping for Love: Gansett Island Series, Book 5 Paperback – March 4, 2012
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"Another solid entry into the McCarthy's of Gansett Island series. Marie Force continues to create characters that readers can identify with and make you want to visit fictional Gansett Island and its residents." ―Night Owl Reviews
From the Author
Welcome back to Gansett Island! So far in the McCarthy series, we've seen Mac, Janey and Grant McCarthy as well as their friend Luke Harris lose their hearts to love. And now it's Evan McCarthy's turn. Oh, Evan. . . How fun you were to write in all your confused befuddlement. You've managed to slide through life with nary a thought to love or commitment or anything that smacked of forever--that is until Grace Ryan shows up on Gansett and turns everything upside down. I hope you'll enjoy reading Evan and Grace's story while catching up with some of our favorite Gansett Island residents.
You know what they say about best-laid plans... Well, I'd intended to write Tiffany's book after this one, but as you'll see in HOPING FOR LOVE, Owen and Laura demanded a story of their own, which is included along with some holiday magic--and a wedding--in the next book, SEASON FOR LOVE. The story will then jump forward to the following summer with Tiffany's book, LONGING FOR LOVE. After that, we've got some new characters to explore and Adam McCarthy is still looking for love. So, much more to come from Gansett!
Writing about this family and their life on an island so much like my beloved Block Island has been the most fun I've ever had as a writer. Thank you for embracing my fictional family and for all the lovely reviews you've posted. I appreciate your e-mails and Facebook posts more than you'll ever know. I always love to hear from readers. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're not yet on my mailing list and wish to be added for occasional updates on future books, let me know with an e-mail. Also, join us on Facebook at Marie Force Book Talk where we chat about my books, other books we love and lots of stuff that has nothing to do with books! You can also join the fun at the McCarthys of Gansett Island Reader Group where we cover important topics such as which of the Gansett Island men we wouldn't kick out of bed and what actors would play the McCarthy brothers in our fictional movie. When each new book is released, we form a separate group to dish about the new story. You can find the Hoping for Love Reader Group. Come join the fun!
While HOPING FOR LOVE is intended to be a stand-alone story, you will enjoy it more if you read MAID FOR LOVE, FOOL FOR LOVE, READY FOR LOVE and FALLING FOR LOVE first.
Thanks to my brilliant behind-the-scenes team: Linda Ingmanson edits for me and Kristina Brinton does my beautiful covers. Thank you as always to my beta readers extraordinaire, Ronlyn Howe and Kara Conrad, as well as my writing buddy, Jessica Smith, who did a proofread. A special note of thanks to my lovely reader friend, Kat Bonner, who shared her personal journey with lap-band surgery and provided details that greatly enhanced Grace's story. Thank you, Kat, for your generosity and enthusiasm.
Finally, a huge thank you to my wonderful readers who've made it possible for me to live my dream of being a full-time writer. I love you all!
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So basically, I'd really recommend taking a breather between each book. It might make you appreciate these more.
The love story between Grace and Evan is the most amusing of the series. No real negative overtones surround them other than real-life hurdles like work, career, and future hopes and dreams. Of the series this is the `feel-good' book. From the first we love Grace because she is so lovable! Evan, however, he grows on us. We cannot help but to love the `I want no commitment' guy. He's human and as such; vulnerable to a loving, beautiful, warm-hearted, and joyful woman named Grace. It's like a train coming down the track and Evan is watching it from far away and slowly it picks up speed and he can't seem to get off the track! He's sucked into the vortex that is Grace. He knows exactly what is happening to him and he's fighting it like all-get-out! It's quite the battle and all the while Grace is unperturbed, relaxed, and seemingly uncaring of whether Evan decides to stay or go! The more relaxed Grace is, the more Evan is bothered and ultimately he caves! Grace dances away from him enough that when he finally let's go; she turns and catches him. It's an old trick, between us ladies......
Evan McCarthy is very comical. He's got a self-deprecating sense of humor that would attract any female within a 2 mile radius. In this story he starts out a man determined to stay a bachelor and for as long as possible. He isn't denying that he'll eventually cave to being like his siblings (the previous books in this series) and get tied-down. It's just that Evan wants to be footloose and free for as long as possible. Enter Grace, and Evan hasn't a snowballs chance in hades. Evan is caught-up in a web that he fights against with all his might. Until it dawns on him that by giving in; he has it all and is giving up nothing and gaining everything he never thought he'd want, and yet with Grace he wants it. The fight is hilarious! He does a few dumb things and is absolutely the most adorable man for having done them. His thinking is also very comical. He is always giving himself pep-talks meant to reinforce his bachelorhood.
This type of story is told over and over in romance novels. However; in the Gansett Island series each book is unique, and ends up the readers' favorite until the next book is available. I personally swear that each book is my favorite. Each character has their own personality and beyond the familial relationships there are no murky overlaps. Each storyline is unique in its own way. How does Marie Force manage this? I haven't a clue but I thank her guardian angel for helping her be the fine writer she is. Marie creates the true `Calgon Take Me Away' books. I've read each novel she's written (that's out for us to read, that is). EVERY book has been exemplary. Marie is a FORCE to be reckoned with!!
I'd recommend this book and the whole series of books. I love how the Gansett Island residents connect to one another. When a new character is written in, I always wonder if they'll reemerge later on and who they could be paired with. I treasure each book and plan to revisit each one regularly. Did you know that Marie Force is on Facebook and has blogs for all her books? Lots of discussions are happening. Join in if you feel so inclined. We all love Marie and her books!
Thank you Marie for giving us greedy readers another fine novel. I guess you can tell I loved it and am a happily-hooked-fan.
This is Evan and Grace's turn for their happily ever after. Grace has recently had lap band surgery and has lost over a hundred pounds. She is dumped on the island by an old high school crush who had made a bet with his friends to bed "the whale", her rude high school nickname. Evan, being a noble McCarthy man, sees her in distress and comes to her rescue. As the story progresses, Evan tells Grace, "Aw, Grace. I think it's going to turn out that you're the one who rescued me."
Not only do you get to read their story, you also get to reacquaint yourself with Mac and Maddie and kids, Big Mac and Linda, Grant and Stephanie, and even a glimpse of Ned and Francine. You will get to know a little more about Laura and Owen (their book is next!) and Tiffany and Blaine (I personally can't wait to read that one - it should be hilarious!). For Marie's many fans, this is like a family reunion that we've all been invited to attend. Not only do we get to talk to everyone, but we then get to go to her Facebook page and discuss the book. I have never seen an author so connected to all her fans like Marie is.
So, sit back, relax, get in the island frame of mind and thoroughly enjoy the latest edition of the McCarthy's of Gansett Island. Don't forget to order your favorite drink from the Tiki Bar!